Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Queen of Zombie Hearts

20579287Title: Queen of Zombie Hearts
Author: Gena Showalter

Summary:
I thought I had nothing left to give. I thought wrong. They started the war. Now I will end it.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her... until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a zneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realises only the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies... and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing — and turning — her boyfriend's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima — even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.


Review:

So... this book was good. A  lot of times the end of a series doesnt live up to my expectations. It doesnt answer enough question, and doesnt leave me feeling satisfied with the conclusion.
I did not have that issue with this book.
However, it still isnt my favorite ever.

Ali is still awesome, and significantly better than she was in book 2 (with the wishy-washy romance and zombie alice trying to take over). She is so much more assertive by the end of this series, compared to the beginning, that I really like her.
The romance between her and Cole, while still having some (new) drama, was so much better than the 2nd book also.

That being said, I feel like their romance (at least some aspects of it) are way too old for a YA book. Sex is in YA, because teens have sex. I get it. But the whole spanking joke... ugh. Also- this is pretty much the only aspect of Cole that I dont like. While I get it, he's used to being in control, and while Ali still resists his super, ultra controllingness, it got so old hearing him always trying to control her.


the plot was solid- though the emergence of Helen was... unnecessary, and not my favorite.
The loss of life in this book was high, though only 1 of them actually affected my emotions. the others were...unimportant.

But really, this was an awesome series.
Satisfying end.
i dont plan on reading the newest book with Frosty's POV- because I liked Frosty in these books and I feel like he'll change way too much.

*Spoiler*- highlight the text to read:
Frosty and Kat were perfect. And I know that he falls for someone in the new book. And I just dont want that. Yes I want Frosty to be happy. But not so soon after the love of his life dies. So yeah, not gonna read it.


anyways- 4 stars







Saturday, April 30, 2016

Through the Zombie Glass Review

Through the Zombie Glass (White Rabbit Chronicles, #2)Title:
Through the Zombie Glass

Author: Gena Showalter

Summary:  Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine...Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong.After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things.She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her...from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking...and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

Review
This book ventured even further than any kind of retelling. I guess I need to just get over that. The only link really to Alice in wonderland is the white rabbit cloud, and the mirror in this one... and her name.
thats about it.
Well, and the chapter titles.

Anyways, This book was not as amazing as the first.
Mainly because of the Cole/Gavin/Alice/all his exes drama. I knew how it was gonna end up (and if i'd been wrong I wouldve been super perturbed) but i wasnt. So the whole middle of this book, in regards to that relationship drama was more than annoying.

Other than that, with the true emergence of Anima and the Hazmats, the story really grew. I loved how much Alice again grew in this book. The subplot about the two halves of Alice was... long. it was too long, in my opinion. and I found myself skimming through a lot of this.

But, it was still a good book. With great world building and characters.

Rating: 3.5 Stars (but will round up)


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Alice in Zombieland...


Alice in Zombieland (White Rabbit Chronicles, #1)Title: Alice in Zombieland
Author: Gena Showalter

Summary:
 

She won't rest until she's sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.


If anyone had told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that's all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.

Her father was right. The monsters are real.

To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn't careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies.

Review
So, Alice in Zombieland, while not really an Alice in wonderland retelling at all, is still an awesomely exciting novel.  
The beginning of this novel- in the very first chapter- is devastating, and thrusts the reader directly into the feels with Alice.
And the emotions dont stop throughout the entire book.

I liked the characters. Alice grows significantly in the book. and learns from her mistakes.
Cole... is the best ever.
Kat -while at first off-putting and rather annoying- ends up being a sense of happiness in an otherwise sad world.
the lore of the zombies, was new, different, and very perfect. I loved it. completely. I have no qualms at all, in any way, with this zombie world Showlater created.

Rating: 5 Stars



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Throne of Glass Review


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)

Title: Throne of Glass
Author: Sarah J Maas


Summary:
After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men-thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king's council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she'll serve the kingdom for four years and then be granted her freedom. Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she's bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it's the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1)Review:

I love YA Fantasy. A lot. 
This book had it all. Some magic. Sword fights. A little romance. Strong heroes. And even stronger heroines. 

The author builds the completely believable fantasy world, with out ever bogging the reader down with info dumps. She brings characters to life, making you love and hate them.
And she does it all so beautifully, that when you finish devouring every word in this book, you're left wanting more.
Right?
RIGHT?

*Spoiler for this series- possibly minor spoiler, as I haven't read the books and only gathered this info from the blurbs and reviews...*

So I, like everyone else who finished this book, runs to look at the rest of them in the series only to discover that the two male love interests (Yes, there are 2, and this is pretty much the only downside to Throne of Glass. IF there's a love interest, let there only be one! Please. Can we just be done with the whole love triangle nonsense, already?!?!) Do not end up with Celanea.

Thats right. Spoiler alert. If you read ANY reviews before reading a book, you'll discover that she ends up with some other guys. Because 2 isnt enough for one girl. she ends up with multiple possible men who want her...or something. And ends up with someone else- who starts out being her enemy. And Chaol- who is obviously supposed to be her life long friend, and end up her lover... ends up not even as a friend or something?

And that just isnt my cup of tea.

SO- while I thoroughly enjoyed this FIRST book in the series, I will not be investing so much time and care for characters by reading more books, only to fall in love with the romance and end up hating it. and getting super mad at the author. and wanting to cry.

Ive learned my lesson one too many times before.
and... there's no reason to make myself mad over this.

Even though Im a little mad.
Ugh.

Rating
Book 5 stars. Romance aspect of the series: 1.



Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Haiku challenge. Vote please...



Haiku is a form of traditional Japanese poetry consisting of three lines of 5, 7, and 5 syllables. 




Examples:






So...
Those are Haikus. 
Until yesterday, I'd never tried to write one. However, since there's this little competition with a local library, I decided I'd give it a shot.
So I wrote a few, and I'd appreciate some feedback.

Which of these do you think would be more likely to win. 



1.  Reading




2.  Writing




3.  Nothing

Alternate:
Until I had Children.




4.  Fail





5. Mom





6.  Music


6.5  Song



Haiku Challenge

1. Reading
2. Writing
3. Nothing
4. Fail
5. Mom
6. Music
6.5 song
Do Quizzes

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Power by JLA- Review


The Power (Titan, #2)

Wow.
So, The Power by Jennifer L Armentrout was just released a few days ago.
In preparation for the release, I reread The Return, which made me fall for Josie and Seth all over again.

So, some back story real fast. I love the Covenant Series. Its my favorite series by JLA, even more than Daemon and Katy in the Lux series. I love Alex and Aiden so hard its totally not even funny.

So, when The Titan series came out focusing on Seth, I was... well I had mixed feelings.
On the one hand, YAY this world with Alex and aiden will be expanding. But on the other...Ugh. Seth.

He is not, and has never been my favorite character.
He's an addict and an ass 85% of the time. And killed a lot of people.
And sadly, I felt very little sympathy for him, despite his past and all the wrongs done to him.

So, The Return made me seriously not hate Seth, and helped me to understand him even more. And I even kinda liked him. ;)

Now though, after reading the Return, ,I still cant decide if I truly like this guy.
He's so damn frustrating. And while, I know that deep down he has this pure heart of awesome, I just cant seem to make myself truly like him. He makes too many bad decisions.

Anyways. I do want him to understand that he's worthy of love. Thats he's made up for all the shit he did by offering his life AND death in servitude. And I want him and Josie to have a happily ever after. I really do.

Josie is ok.

and maybe... I think I just discovered why I cant make myself love these characters. They arent as good as Alex and aiden. And I know thats not fair. But Aiden was the perfect man. And alex, this super awesome badass.
Seth is in no way perfect. and Josie is not a badass, though she is trying to get there.

Anyways.
Hercules was a joke and annoying.
The romance was super steamy. Seth was sweet and amazing at several spots (when he wasnt an ass or annoying) Deacon and Luke are always good.
The surprise ending, wasnt a surprise, but that didnt detract from the goodness of it all. I like...without adding spoilers...whats happening in the Seth world. And because I have faith in JLA, i know this story will end up just the way i want. Or mostly. With mostly everyone having a HEA.

So, yeah. This book was super amazing. And I wish I didnt have to wait a million years to get the next one.



Monday, February 8, 2016

Its FREE!!!

To celebrate the release of Enthralling Retribution (Empyrean Chronicles 3), which is NOW available, the first book in this series, Enchanted Revenge, is free for 5 days.

Eat it up!



Enchanted Revenge
(Publication date: 09/2015)


You can find it on Amazon here
You can add it on GOODREADS here


 When seventeen year old Lily finds her parents brutally murdered, leaving her broken and alone, she is determined to bring justice to the fairies responsible. Her quest leads her to infiltrate The Empyrean, the land of the Fae where terrifying creatures lurk in every shadow. But with a political rebellion mounting, bloody battles and foreign enemies stand in her way. Alec, a mysterious and secretive fairy, gradually becomes her guide and dear friend in the unfamiliar world, and restores her faith in love.

Disturbing secrets about her parent’s true identity are revealed, causing her to be more involved with the devastating fairy war than she can afford. Her vengeful mission becomes compromised and her growing romance with Alec wavers. She must conquer her fear of the unknown, ignore her grief, and overcome her growing list of enemies if she is to succeed in avenging her parents’ death. Or ever make it out alive.

Enchanted Revenge will appeal to fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout and Julie Kagawa.






Enticing Violence
(Publication date: 11/2015)



You can find it on Amazon here
You can add it on GOODREADS here




 Enticing Violence (Empyrean Chronicles 2)Lily and Alec are only pawns in a war much larger than they'd imagined.

Lily still wants to complete her mission: Avenge her parents. But when Lynn- the leader of the Rebels in Muircadia- is captured, and Rita- daughter to the evil Lord Nettles- is sentenced to death, it's up to Lily, Alec, and the very select few Fae they trust, to try to save them all before it's too late.

When all you do is fight for your life, how do you find time to live?
How do you love when hope is always slipping away?


Enticing Violence is the second book in The Empyrean Chronicles









Enthralling Retribution
(Publication date: 02/08/2016)


You can find it on AMAZON here
And you can add it on GOODREADS here




Lily has fought through the Ardeenes and all the creatures who lurk in the shadows of the trees.
She has battled deep within the depths of Muricadia, despite the danger due to her very nature.
Finally, she has the chance to see Vesuvius, the land of her mother, and the fire in her blood warms at the thought.
But this will be no vacation.

Lynn has been captured and held hostage in Vesuvius for longer than any Sprite can handle. Mazes, snakes, and even dragons will impede her path. But together with her closest allies, Lily is determined to save Lynn, no matter the sacrifices that have to be made.

Until the sacrifices cut too close, and she has to choose between trying to save Lynn and the man she loves.






Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Oh... Thats right

Sometimes it takes a while.
Sometimes, a very long while, for me to remember WHY I love books so much. Not just any book. Because believe me, I do not in the slightest enjoy reading boring, nonfiction, history.
Yup.
I dont like it. Never have.
But Fantasy novels.
Romance.
Mystery. Exciting tales of war and peace and love and death, that all leave you gasping for breath even though they arent even real.
Those are what I love.
Books that cause physical reactions in me. Laughing. Smiling, even. Tears. Heart ache.
I love them.

Sometimes I go weeks, months even, without reading. Because life gets in the way. Work. Kids. Husband. Bills. Family drama. Stress of planning, (or trying to)for the future.
It all gets overwhelming and steals any time you have.

And then I go to the library (Because Dani cannot stand having no new books to read, and as a good mother, I encourage this addiction to books) and I see a book, and I decide to pick it up, snag it for myself, check it out, reserve the sequel, and read the crap outta that book.

And I remember.
This is why I love reading. I love that words on a page can suck me from this life and transport me to something other, something different, where other peoples concerns become my own. Where other worlds become important to me. Where other people, who admittedly dont even exist for real, mean something to me.

Always, every single bloody time, after I read a fantastic book, I feel that urge. That kindling to my fire. That spark of a match from my Muse, and I write again.

So here I am, letting you know, that I am officially writing the Fourth book in The Empyrean Chronicles.

Since November (Thank you NaNoWriMo) when I wrote the third book, Enthralling Retribution, I havent written at all. About a week ago, I finally started blasting through edits upon edits. Revising it and polishing it, to make it become something better than what it was. Something actually readable.

And then thats it.
No new words pouring from my fingertips.
No new creations. No people, discussion. or fighting. Nothing new.

But now I feel it.
And now I'll write.
Thank you, all you amazing books that Ive read, for making me want more. For reminding me why I love to read. And why I love to write.


PS- I totally wrote this after reading Ash like Snow and Ice like Fire. The first and second in a fantastic YA fantasy series!
go find them. and read them.


Monday, January 25, 2016

WEIRD is FREE







Every time twelve year old Aislin sleeps, she experiences another person’s DREAMS, their hopes or despairs, loves or hates, most fervent dreams, or darkest nightmares. She is weird, a word she hates more than anything else. Though, when her little brother, Luke, the only person in the world who treats her normal, gets into a car accident, her only hope of saving him is her ability to communicate with him while he dreams. 

It isn’t until she dreams with Jessica, another coma patient and her best friend’s little sister, that she discovers her chance to save him. After Aislin guides Jessica back to the waking world, she opens her eyes to find her plan gone horribly awry, and Jessica dead. 

Devastated, Aislin must find a way to stop dreaming altogether or somehow perfect it, before she kills her brother, too. 

While funny and charming, this book deals with some serious issues, and provides much for parents and children to discuss. 

Some scary situations, bullying, and reality of car accidents make this appropriate for children 6 and older, but may be more appropriate for children 9-13 years old.




Reviews:

"I'd highly recommend this book to both kids and adults. I think, for a fiction novel, it's very informative emotionally and I feel it'd help kids understand their feelings better in traumatic situations. I'd also recommend it to adults who like touching, heart-felt stories that could either break your heart or make it swell with joy :) it's definitely a new favourite of mine! I love reading books like Weird, it makes reading worth while, you know? Like finding a gem amongst lots of junk."  - A. Heaney

"I've read and enjoyed other books written by Theresa Jones, so when I found out that she's taken a turn into middle grade, I was curious what would happen. Now, after reading WEIRD, I can only say that this author definitely should continue to write books for this intended audience."-  Tonja Drecker

"Weird was a good kind of weird. While it contains magical realism, this book touches on very real issues on family, friendship, and self-acceptance." - Julia @Books and Insomnia





Monday, January 4, 2016

Writing...



So, I had planned to write a lot over the last two weeks.




I work for the school system, so, even though Im not a teacher, I get the same "winter vacation" that they do. Two whole weeks off!
How could I NOT write a lot?!?




Yeah. -_-




So, apparently when you have Christmas, and New Years, And of course the eves, you have no time to write.

There was a moment, though fleeting as it was, that I thought I was going to be able to write some. Instead, I enjoyed the Hunger Games movies with my daughter (her first time watching them.) and finished it off with a trip to the theater to see the newest one.






So could I have written, instead of sitting in front of the tv?
Yeah.

Was it worth it?
Absolutely.





My daughter finished reading the series just before the Christmas break, and had been begging me to see the movies. And I still hadnt seen the last one yet anyways.
Time with the little, enjoying some dystopian crazy... totally worth it.

But now its time to get back to it, back to the grind and all that.
Back to work.
And more importantly (or maybe not, since work is what pays the bills...) back to writing.
no more slacker time available.

As far as books go, I did check out Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole from the library, and Im looking forward to reading that!





Have you read anything good lately?
Any suggestion on a good book to read?




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